Choc Beer announced this morning that their GABF golf medal-winning Belgian Dubbel will be released on tap in January at select locations in Oklahoma City, Tulsa and McAlester. By coincidence, I had my first taste of the Dubbel last night. Let’s say this: when Choc brewmaster Michael Lalli told me the beer was deceivingly drinkable, he hit the nail right on the head. The Dubbel is quite possibly one of the smoothest 8 percent beers I’ve ever tried. It is a really nice beer. You need to try it. Like, now. And when you’re drinking it, you can make comments about how deceivingly drinkable it is. No need to thank me. Here’s the press release Choc issued today:
Choc Beer Company’s Gold Medal winning Brewmaster’s Signature Series Belgian Dubbel will soon be available on draft. This award winning, world class beer will be offered for the first time ever on draft the weekend of January 8 & 9th in select establishments around Oklahoma City, Tulsa, and McAlester. This special offering by Choc Beer Company will allow Oklahomans to experience a world class, local product at some of their favorite establishments.
The Gold Medal Dubbel will be available in five locations across Oklahoma as part of Choc Beer Dubbel on Draft Weekend. In the Oklahoma City area Choc’s Gold Medal Dubbel will be available at James E. McNellie’s Public House (1100 Classen Drive) and Iron Star Urban Barbeque, Norman (575 S. University Blvd., Ste 110). Tulsa locations include James E. McNellie’s Public House (409 E. 1st St.) and Indigo Joe’s Sport’s Pub and Restaurant (10438 82ndE. Ave. Ste. 102). In McAlester the Gold Medal Dubbel will be available at 1896 (315 E. Choctaw Ave.). Sales/Marketing director Zach Prichard explained, “These bars and restaurants were chosen due to their continued and focused commitment to local, exceptional craft beers.” The Gold Medal Winning Dubbel is currently available in liquor stores and select bars across Oklahoma in bottles.
Brewmaster Michael Lalli is excited to release the beer on draft adding, “We were able to hold back these kegs and let the beer age just a little longer. That extra time really comes through in the taste.” Lalli went on to say the supply is very limited and he does not expect this batch of Gold Medal Dubbel to last longer than Dubbel on Draft Weekend, “Our biggest problem right now is finding time in our production schedule to produce more.”
Choc’s Dubbel took home a Gold Medal in the Belgian Abby Ale category at last September’s Great American Beer Festival in Denver, Colorado. This marked the first Great American Beer Festival Gold for an Oklahoma brewery and Choc Beer Company’s first medal since a bronze for Choc 1919 (then simply Choc) at the 2000 festival. The competition is one of the largest and most prestigious commercial brewery completions in the world. The Great American Beer Festival lists the criteria for Gold Medal winners as, “A world-class beer that accurately exemplifies the specified style, displaying the proper balance of taste, aroma and appearance.”
Choc’s Gold Medal Winning Dubbel pours a deep ruby red with a sizeable head. The taste is malty with enough phenols and esters from Belgian yeast to bring the complex flavors into balance, true to the style’s Belgian origins. Due to the beer’s higher alcohol content (8% abv) establishments are encouraged to only pour ten ounce servings.